Brinda Karat, Member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
One may oppose the death penalty for rape offenders, but to trivialize rape as a “small mistake” as the Samajwadi Party President Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav has done, is most shocking and condemnable.
It underlines the urgent necessity for a code of conduct for political leaders against sexist and anti-women remarks.